Code of Conduct
Adapted from USA Lacrosse
Members of and Participants in the Millburn-Short Hills Lacrosse Club (MSHLAX) programs, events and activities (i.e. players, coaches, managers, officials, parents/guardians and spectators) are to conduct themselves in a manner that "Honors the Game" and demonstrates respect to other players, coaches, managers, officials, parents/guardians, spectators and fans. In becoming a Member or Participant, an individual assumes certain obligations and responsibilities to the game of lacrosse, to MSHLAX and to the broader lacrosse community. The essential elements in this "Code of Conduct" are HONESTY and INTEGRITY. Those who conduct themselves in a manner that reflects these elements will bring credit to the sport of lacrosse, themselves, their team and their organization.
It is only through such conduct that our sport can continue to earn and maintain a positive image and make its full contribution to youth sports in Millburn Township and to the broader youth sports community. MSHLAX supports the following behaviors for its Members and Participants. The following essential elements of the "Code of Conduct" must be followed:
- Sportsmanship and teaching the concepts of fair play are essential to the game and must be taught at all levels and developed both at home and on the field during practices and games.
- The value of good sportsmanship, the concepts of fair play, and the skills of the game should always be placed above winning.
- The safety and welfare of the players are of primary importance.
- Coaches must always be aware of the tremendous influence they have on their players. They are to strive to be positive role models in dealing with young people, as well as adults.
- Coaches should always demonstrate positive behaviors and reinforce them to players, parents, officials and spectators alike. Players should be specifically encouraged and positively reinforced by coaches to demonstrate respect for teammates, opponents, officials and spectators.
- Players should always demonstrate positive behavior and respect toward teammates, opponents, coaches, officials, parents and spectators.
- Coaches, players, parents and spectators are expected to demonstrate the utmost respect for officials and reinforce that respect to players/teammates. Coaches are also expected to educate their players as to the important role of lacrosse officials and reinforce the ideal of respect for the official to players/teammates.
- Grievances or misunderstandings between Members and Participants, opposing coaches, players, parents or spectators, officials or any other parties involved with the sport should be communicated through the proper channels and procedures, never on or about the field of play in view of spectators or players.
- Spectators involved with the game must never permit anyone to openly or maliciously criticize, badger, harass or threaten an official, coach, player or opponent.